Social-Emotional

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

Responsive Classroom: Evidenced-Based Approach Improves Academics & Behavior

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What is Responsive Classroom? Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching elementary and middle school students. Responsive Classroom stresses the importance of fusing social-emotional learning with academic learning to create the optimal environment for success. Research finds that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher math and reading achievement, an improved school climate,Continue Reading

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

Theatre Teacher Shares Three Techniques to Increase Empathy in Students

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As a theatre teacher and teacher educator, I believe empathy is central to building a respectful, caring, and compassionate community. Scholarly work on empathy reveals that empathy must be explicitly taught and practiced. In clinical psychologist Baron-Cohen’s book, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness (2012), he identifies two typesContinue Reading

Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

Top 5 Reasons Why Physical Education is As Important As Schoolwork

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Many schools are now motivating students to maintain a balance between their school work and physical education. Physical education is an essential part of healthy living for people of all age groups, especially those going to school. This is because school life is full of stress and anxiety at every stage. Several Researches have provedContinue Reading

3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

3 Effective Research-Based Bullying Intervention Programs

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In my elementary and middle school years, I was a target for bullying and endured severe bullying from 5th through 9th grade. My confidence was not strong, my family was different from the average kid’s family in my school district, and I dressed a lot differently than the other girls in my school, due toContinue Reading

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

5 Great Books to Teach Young Children About Empathy

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As a behavior specialist and mobile therapist, I always loved using books to teach kids about a variety of social-emotional skills such as how to understand your feelings, how to be a friend, how to accept differences, how to develop empathy, how to solve a problem, how to be a good citizen, etc. Research alsoContinue Reading

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group (Adolescents/Teens)

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Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their adolescent social skills groups. Students in the groups often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding anotherContinue Reading

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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The contents of this article are based on my graduate school training as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, research studies on behavior, and 20 years of experience working with children with a variety of challenging behaviors. You will find links to more information within the article.  This is Part 1 of a series. Part 2Continue Reading

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Schools to Help Children with Separation Anxiety

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This article is a follow up from our first article: Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety. This intro is the same, but as you go further down the article, you will see strategies for schools to use to Help children with separation anxiety. What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the American Psychiatric Association,Continue Reading

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

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What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the the American Psychiatric Association, a person with separation anxiety disorder is excessively fearful or anxious about separation from those with whom he or she is attached. The feeling is beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age, persists (at least four weeks in children and six months inContinue Reading

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

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What is the Coping Cat Program? The Coping Cat Program, created by Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP and Kristina A. Hedtke, M.A. is a research-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention (cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to help them feel better/cope better) that helps children recognize andContinue Reading